Golf, schedules and tournaments of the week

From 23 to 29 October here are the golf events not to be missed

by Andrea Gussoni
Golf, schedules and tournaments of the week
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From 23 to 29 October here are the golf events not to be missed.

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DP World Tour – 2023 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters
From October 26-29, 2023, DP World Tour players will compete in Doha, Qatar for the 26th edition of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

The competition will take place at the Doha Golf Club. This tournament has been a fixture on the professional calendar since 1998. The venue has always been the same except in 2020 and 2021, when it was played at the Education City Golf Club.

The Doha Golf Club course has undergone a series of changes not to the design, but to the type of grass on the greens. The greens have become paspalum instead of bermudagrass. The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters represents the final regular season event for the DP World Tour Race to Dubai Rankings in partnership with Rolex and the final opportunity for players to earn playing rights for the following season.

The top 116 players in the season rankings will secure their cards for the 2024 season. Among those who need to play well this week is 2017 winner Jeunghun Wang who is ranked 123rd. The South Korean returned to the DP World Tour at the start of the year after completing his military service at home, but after a good run of form he missed a series of cuts.

In the last edition, which took place in March, Ewen Ferguson won his first title on the DP World Tour thanks to a strong finish to win by one stroke. The 27-year-old is currently on track to qualify for next month's DP World Tour Championship, with two top 10s in his last four starts strengthening his bid to return to Dubai for a second consecutive year.

There will be two Italians on the pitch: Guido Migliozzi and Edoardo Molinari. LPGA – Maybank Championship
The LPGA champions travel to Malaysia this week where the inaugural edition of the Maybank Championship will take place at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club from 26 to 29 October.

There will be 78 players on the field who will compete for a prize pool of $3,000,000, one of the richest among the non-Major tournaments of the 2023 season. The Maybank Championship is a 72-hole, non-cut event that will see 68 LPGA Tour players compete alongside 10 sponsor invitees on the West Course of the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

The course has, since its opening in 1991, been a long recognized as one of the most important places in all of Asia. In addition to hosting the LPGA Tour for some time, the course has also hosted the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic and the DP World Tour's Maybank Malaysian Open.

Cristie Kerr, who earned her 20th LPGA Tour victory in Malaysia in 2017, but will not be in action this week. Danielle Kang, who ranked one stroke behind Kerr, will be ready to compete on Thursday, as will Nelly Korda, who earned fifth place during her rookie season in 2017.

Lydia Ko, 2nd in the previous tournament, also will be on the field thanks to one of the invitations from the tournament sponsors. The Maybank Championship is one of four remaining tournaments on the LPGA Tour calendar and represents a final opportunity for players in the race for the season's biggest prizes, culminating at the CME Group Tour Championship in November.

Celine Boutier who is in second place behind Vu in the race for Player of the Year and, together with Ruoning Yin at no. 3 and Allisen Corpuz at no. 4, will all be on the field in Malaysia with the possibility of closing the gap to Vu.

Points are awarded to players who finish in the top 10. With a win in Malaysia, Boutier and Yin have a chance to overtake Vu in the rankings. Vu will not participate in this competition. Nine of the 32 LPGA Tour debutants will be in Malaysia.

Hae Ran Ryu, long-time leader of the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year, has the opportunity to further increase her gap on her closest competitor, Grace Kim. LET – Aramco Team Series Presented by PIF- Riyadh
This week the players of the Ladies European Tour move to Riyadh where the Aramco Team Series presented by PIF-Riyadh will be played from 27 to 29 October.

This will be the fifth and final round of the series which will be played for the first time at the Riyadh Golf Club. Three of the biggest names in women's golf, world No. 1 Lilia Vu, world No. 7 Minjee Lee, and world No. 8 Charley Hull, will play in the Aramco Team Series presented by PIF – Riyadh.